Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

Superintendent of Schools Michael Wright, seen here at a SAD 31 school board meeting at Penobscot Valley High School in March 2016, opted to cancel school on Monday due to what he described as “comments made on social media.”

Social media comments cause school cancellation in Howland

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
“School was closed today in SAD 31 due to comments made on social media that came to our attention over the weekend.”
A sign for winter visitors at Baxter State Park.

Skier dies in Baxter State Park after getting separated from group

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 06, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
He was 56, officials said.
A few chairs can be seen Friday at Peipino's Mexican Restaurant, which will raise its prices as a result of the minimum wage referendum passed in November 2016, in Bangor. The minimum wage for tipped workers increased from $3.75 per hour to $5 and will continue to rise by $1 each year until it reaches $12 by 2024.

Restaurant owners, workers organizing in Bangor, Portland against wage increase

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 03, 2017, at 6:18 p.m.
“The tips people are giving are going down,” said S. Bosse, who supports changing the law. “The new law just encourages people to tip less.”
Maine Troop Greeters shake hands with Marines as they arrive at the Bangor International Airport in this March 2014 file photo. The airport will host service in Charlotte, North Carolina, from June to August.

Bangor airport to serve American Airlines flights to Charlotte, North Carolina

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 02, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
The flights between Bangor International Airport and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport are scheduled on Saturdays from June 3 to Aug. 19.
Bangor City Councilor Cary Weston

Bangor councilors at odds over letter opposing Obamacare repeal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 01, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
“Every issue hits home but not every issue deserves a letter from the council. We have limited time and resources. Let’s use them wisely,” Councilor Cary Weston said.
Anabelle Osborne, 19, of Hermon marches across the new rainbow crosswalk in Bangor during her first Bangor Pride parade in this June 2016 file photo.

Health Equity Alliance to host Bangor Pride celebration

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 31, 2017, at 5:03 p.m.
Bangor Pride has swelled so much that volunteers who managed the annual LGBTQ+ community celebration are handing hosting duties to a full-time advocacy group, organizers said Tuesday.
Traffic flows heavily on Broadway in Bangor and over the Interstate 95 overpass on Monday. City officials plan to mill and repave a section of the road from Center Street to Husson Avenue this year. Part of the road also was reworked in 2016.

Part of Bangor’s Broadway to get torn up again this year, city says

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 31, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
A New York-based philanthropic organization hopes to build an outdoor education facility in Soldiertown Township in the area highlighted on this map.

Philanthropist seeks to build $5M outdoor recreation facility near Baxter, national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
If permitted by the DEP, Maine Waterside Trails will be built on the East Branch of the Penobscot River off Route 11.
A Narcan nasal spray can be seen in Bangor in this May 2016 file photo.

500 lifesaving Narcan kits being offered free in Bangor area

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 26, 2017, at 4:27 p.m.
Four local medical centers will distribute free prescription Narcan for people at risk of overdosing on opioids next month in 500 life-saving kits that were funded by private donations, officials said Thursday.
Bangor City Council members David Nealley (left) and Chairman Joe Baldacci can be seen in this November 2016 file photo.

Bangor leaders to oppose possible Obamacare repeal

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 24, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
The City Council will mail a letter to the state’s federal government representatives opposing repealing Obamacare, Chairman Joseph Baldacci said Tuesday.
Cross Insurance Center General Manager Joe Imbriaco discusses the center's 2016 fiscal year with the City Council on Monday in Bangor.

Trump, GOP convention help Cross Insurance Center to profitable 2016

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 23, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.
The convention, Trump’s campaign stop, a Cirque du Soleil appearance in July and a bull-riding contest in March likely were the single largest profit-makers for the Cross Insurance Center last year.
Bangor City Solicitor Norman Heitmann (right) and City Council member Sean Faircloth confer before a recent meeting.

Bangor council to weigh opposing any repeal of Obamacare

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 22, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
The City Council will discuss on Monday opposing one of the Trump administration’s biggest goals — the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services office can be seen on Friday in Bangor.

Wellspring still searching for home for 10-bed detox center

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 21, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
“We are having a hard time finding a suitable property,” Suzanne Farley, Wellspring’s executive director, said Thursday.
Bangor developer Roy Hubbard held an open house on March 25, 2016, at the recently renovated Dakin Building apartments in Bangor.

Broad Street luxury apartment building fetches $3.12 million in sale

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
A longtime Broad Street sporting goods store converted into luxury apartments has been sold to an out-of-state developer for $3.12 million.
Media, wood yard workers, and federal and state officials gather to discuss how $1 million in federal grants will help the state's $8.5 billion forest products industry determine its future during a press conference on Wednesday at the American Forest Management wood yard in Passadumkeag.

Researchers, $1M in grants to help Maine recover from ‘natural disaster’ of mill closures

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 18, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory will help researchers at the University of Maine tackle the future of bio-based materials, including nanocellular technology, biofuels and additive manufacturing.
Runners make their way on Golden Road during the second Millinocket Marathon and Half in this December 2016 file photo.

Millinocket Marathon and Half has 1,500 registrants 11 months before race

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 17, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Organizer Gary Allen said he expected the number would continue to rise.
Mount Katahdin is seen behind pipes running through the former Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket Friday.

‘It’s our heritage’: Our Katahdin volunteers get to work promoting Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:26 p.m.
The group’s most immediate challenges are to start collating the ideas pouring in, continue meeting with potential investors, and help local officials shape an economic development plan for the industrial park and the region while starting federal and local grant applications.
The Great Northern Paper site can be seen in Millinocket in this June 2014 file photo.

Katahdin group buys former Great Northern Paper mill site in Millinocket

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“This is the largest economic development interest the town has taken on since Great Northern first entered the town more than a century ago.”
Bangor Savings Bank hopes to relocate its corporate headquarters to this building, seen on Wednesday, on the Bangor waterfront in 2018.

Bangor Savings Bank announces plan for multimillion dollar waterfront campus

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank purchased a building at 20 South St. on Wednesday as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to eventually relocate about 350 Bangor-area workers to a headquarters campus on Bangor’s waterfront.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Firm has applied to demolish former East Millinocket mill, state confirms

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
A Florida-based demolition company has applied to raze buildings at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site despite a developer’s interest in the facility, town officials said Monday.